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STUART ANSWERS RYDER CUP CALL

  • June 18, 2018

Castle Stuart’s Deputy Head Greenkeeper Stuart Hawker has teed up a dream job this year when he will be part of the team looking after the Ryder Cup course. Stuart, 27, is one of the volunteer staff supporting the team at Le Golf National, near Paris, which will stage the Europe v USA showdown from September 25-30. The opportunity arose after Stuart spent a week on the course in 2016 midway through renovations, helping the club rebuild two tee boxes and re-shape the chipping green. He was invited back when volunteers were being sought for Ryder Cup week. It’s another great experience...

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WHISKY AND GOLF TRIP FOR LUCKY WINNER DAVE

  • June 8, 2018

Castle Stuart Golf Links and Tomatin Distillery are helping provide a trip of a lifetime, combining the twin pleasures of golf and whisky, for Dave Pastoor from the Netherlands. As the winner of a prize draw at the Castle Stuart/Tomatin stand at last year’s KLM Open, Dave won return flights with KLM from Schiphol to Inverness for two and accommodation and golf for two at Castle Stuart. He arrived at the course on Wednesday to enjoy his prize. He also enjoyed a VIP distillery tour at Tomatin Distillery and was presented with a bottle of 1990 Distillery Exclusive Single Cask Tomatin whisky. Dave...

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SASSENACHS WIN BACK SPIRE TROPHY AFTER CASTLE STUART TIE

  • June 5, 2018

A strong first day performance helped the Sassenachs’ team to victory and regain the Spire Trophy in the annual match at Caste Stuart Golf Links. The two-day event was played in glorious conditions and, despite an improved performance by the Castle Stuart team on Sunday, they went down by a score of 11 ½ to 8½. Leading overnight by 6½ to 3½ after the Saturday four balls, the Sassenachs won back the trophy when Sunday’s competition ended with the teams scoring 5 points each. Sally Watson, former LGA pro player and Castle Stuart ambassador, was among a host of well-known figures...

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A BIRTHDAY PARTY, A FLASH MOB AND A WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT. IT MUST BE MANIC MARCH

  • April 4, 2018

This year, Sean Gunn has temporarily left his operations job at Castle Stuart Golf Links to take up an internship at the renowned Emirates Golf Club in Dubai as part of his career development. In his fourth blog on his new role, he describes a busy March which included the club’s 30th anniversary celebrations A BIRTHDAY PARTY, A FLASH MOB AND A WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT. IT MUST BE MANIC MARCH March at the Emirates Golf Club was probably the busiest month I have experienced working in the golf industry. When I first started my manager told me that if I could cope with the demands of the operation...

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MORE CADDIES TO BAG A JOB AS RECORD NUMBERS HEAD TO CASTLE STUART

  • March 21, 2018

Budding golf caddies are being asked to make their pitch to join the acclaimed team at Castle Stuart Golf Links with record numbers of golfers flocking to the course. The four-time Scottish Open venue is seeking candidates to join the club’s respected caddy programme to meet demand from golfing visitors. During 2017, the number of players visiting the course increased by 18 per cent on the previous year and advance bookings for 2018 are also showing a 26 per cent increase on the same time last year. It could mean up to 1,000 extra visitor rounds next year with visitors from Canada, South...

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PLAY MAY BE STOPPED BUT THE WORK CONTINUES AT CASTLE STUART

  • March 9, 2018

James Hutchison, Castle Stuart head green keeper We’re just two weeks away from re-opening for the 2018 season, and the green keeping staff have completed a number of projects on the course. One of the biggest undertakings each year is gorse management and over the last three months a team of four staff has been working on cutting back the area of gorse on the course. It’s not the most glamorous part of the job, but it is an essential task to control the plant from spreading and for the overall look of the site. In all we have seven staff working during the close season. Joining us this...

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ENTRIES OPEN FOR EXTENDED CASTLE STUART LADIES’ OPEN

  • March 6, 2018

Castle Stuart Golf Links is seeking entries from today (Tuesday, 6 March) for the Highland Ladies’ Open, which this year will have a new format and an extended capacity. The four-time Scottish Open venue is hosting the annual event for the fourth time on Sunday, 12 August. This year the event will be an individual Stableford competition, rather than a pairs contest, and the capacity will be extended from 40 players to 56. Castle Stuart is also seeking feedback on the possibility of extending the tournament to become Scotland-wide next year. Stefanie Whyte, Castle Stuart’s administration...

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CASTLE STUART TO HOST THE DUKE OF YORK YOUNG CHAMPIONS TROPHY

  • January 30, 2018
CASTLE STUART TO HOST THE DUKE OF YORK YOUNG CHAMPIONS TROPHY

The internationally-renowned Castle Stuart Golf Links will play host to some of the world’s best young amateur golfers when it stages The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy later this year. The 54-hole stroke play event for young men and women has featured in the past some notable players, including Rory McIlroy, Matteo Manassero, Pablo Martin, Oliver Fisher and Anna Nordqvist. Five former players also took part in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The 60-strong field at the four-time Scottish Open venue near Inverness from 17-20 September will be made up of golfers who are the current holders...

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A FAMOUS VICTORY, ENJOYING SOME LUXURY AND THINKING OF THE LADIES

  • January 26, 2018
A FAMOUS VICTORY, ENJOYING SOME LUXURY AND THINKING OF THE LADIES

Castle Stuart Director of Golf Jeremy Matte is spending much of January in his native US promoting the course and the wider Highlands to potential visitors and taking the best ideas from other clubs back to Scotland. In this blog, Jeremy goes back to where his career started and sees how some clubs are promoting women’s golf A FAMOUS VICTORY, ENJOYING SOME LUXURY AND THINKING OF THE LADIES Arriving at The Kiawah Island Club was a trip down memory lane for me. A private members’ club consisting of two fantastic golf courses - The River Course, and one of my all-time favourites, Cassique,...

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 ETHAN ON COURSE FOR A CAREER IN GOLF

  • January 23, 2018

   ETHAN ON COURSE FOR A CAREER IN GOLF A love of golf and of working outdoors makes a green keeping apprenticeship at the internationally-renowned Castle Stuart Golf Links the ideal job for Ethan Ramsay. Ethan, 17, started his new role this month at the four-time Scottish Open venue, but is already very familiar with the famous links. The former Millburn Academy pupil has spent time at Castle Stuart on work experience and was also part of the bunker squad during the 2016 Scottish Open. In addition, the 13-handicap golfer has played and caddied on the course several times. “The...

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